Beware of Hitchhiking Ghosts

I’m a big believer in finishing strong and I couldn’t imagine a better way to end our Haunted Mansion series than with the hitchhiking ghosts. Phineas, Ezra and Gus comprise one of the biggest takeaway moments—if not the biggest—from the attraction. Are the hitchhiking ghosts really a little matter the ghost host forgot to mention?

I don’t think so.

I remember being so freaked out as a kid, thinking I needed to look over my shoulder because one of these “playful spooks” was going to tag along. They never actually did, of course, but the idea of it was haunting just the same. It sort of still is, isn’t it? The mirrors that follow and have them magically appear in your doom buggy do wonders to reinforce it.

No matter how many times I ride The Haunted Mansion, the reveal of the hitchhiking ghosts is always so epic and always too fleeting. You go from “Ah, there you are…” to “…there they were” in a few thrilling moments. Capturing a halfway decent picture of them certainly isn’t an easy task. Shooting something that moves in lowlight from a moving vehicle is kind of like trying to catch the bouquet at a wedding. You flail about wildly in hopes of capturing something good but the odds are just not in your favor. Not that I’ve ever done that or anything…

You may notice that I haven’t included the full resolution image for this one. We don’t share many on-ride shots because we’ve been hoarding them away for a special project but we wanted to do something special to end our series. The uploaded image is still high-definition so that it will work for most people to use as a desktop background. Just remember that if you share it to please give attribution and a link back to our site so that people can find us! This image will also be available in our shop (starting tomorrow) along with the other Haunted Mansion shots from this series for a limited time. Did I mention we now offer FREE SHIPPING? Sorry to yell but free=exciting.

Beware of Hitchhiking Ghosts, Phineas, Ezra and Gus at the end of Disneyland's Haunted Mansion

About Matt Hansen

Matt is a photographer and designer based in San Diego. When he’s not working, he's charting his next adventure over coffee or craft beer.
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  1. This is a very difficult shot to get. Very well done.


    1. Thanks, @msdlpierce7530:disqus.


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